Tag Archives: Social Services

Effecting a change? Your vote counts, don’t waste it.

Just a short note to jog people’s memories today. Today is the day of the local council elections, in which those of us in Walsall (and many other places) get to vote for our local councils. Here in Walsall, it looks … Continue reading

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I have nothing further to add. I’m ashamed to live in a country that does this while the people who caused the crisis walk away.

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St, Matthews Hospital – can you help?

Following on from last week’s post about the the remarkable gallery of images of St. Matthews Hospital in Burntwood, the poster of those images, Tony Briggs, has been in touch to ask if anyone can help him gather personal reminiscences … Continue reading

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The folk on the hill

It’s with great interest and thanks to the dedicated folks over at the Midlands Heritage Forum, that I can now highlight new information being collated about St. Matthews Hospital. Forum stalwarts YamahaPaul and TonyB appear to have done a great … Continue reading

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Snouts in the trough

I note from today’s Express & Star (3rd January 2012) that the plan to increase Walsall Councillors Personal Allowances has again reared it’s ugly head. It seams that soon, the cabinet will vote wether to give themselves a juicy pay … Continue reading

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Information about public sector industrial action today

From the Website of Walsall Council (see the latest statement by clicking here, or check out TheYamYam for the latest news from Walsall media): Last updated: 29/11/2011 16:05:15 Walsall residents are being advised that some council services, including school closures … Continue reading

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Hospice Care Week 8-14th October 2011

There can’t be many readers out there whose lives haven’t been touched by terminal illness in some way. With that in mind, I’d like to draw everyones attention to the first ever Hospice Care Week, to raise awareness of hospices … Continue reading

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Prophet margin?

I spotted this on Facebook today, and I’m not really sure what to make of it. The author, Walsall Prophet, has created a newsletter style .PDF file in the manner of stuff by the blogging community in Walsall, making the … Continue reading

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This won’t hurt – Images of St. Matthews Hospital, Burntwood

Following my post earlier this week about Burntwood Asylum – latterly St .Matthews Hospital – I have been bowled over by the response of readers to what I thought might be a taboo subject. From reader responses – including some … Continue reading

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Unspoken histories – what do you know?

I’m respectfully making an enquiry as to a bit of history that isn’t talked about much and may be quite sensitive for some. This is a subject that has long interested me in one form or another, and I think … Continue reading

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Electile Dysfunction

It’s almost a year to the day since I wrote this post, urging readers to take up their democratic right and vote. I thought about this again today, on the eve of local elections and the referendum on the Alternate … Continue reading

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Would Sister Dora go on strike? (via The Mushroom)

The Mushroom – crafter of fine rants about all manner of subjects, but mostly Walsall politics – has played a blinder. I just had to share this touching, very human post about the future of the National Health Service, those … Continue reading

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Always crashing in the same car

Walsall Council, despite it’s patchy areas, does a few things really, really well. One of those things in recent times has been social media. Dan and the people in the press office may occasionally appear to be running a West … Continue reading

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Walsall Council budget document

Walsall Council have now revealed their proposals for budget cuts that look set to decimate social care, leisure services and community support for the elderly and vulnerable. Predictably, public relations, councillor allowances and wages for those at the very top … Continue reading

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Your local council needs you (via The Plastic Hippo)

The Plastic Hippo has written an excoriating post about Walsall Council’s risible ‘Online Budget Simulator’ game, a wheedling, cynical little piece of propaganda aimed at convincing us all there’s no alternative to the menu of cuts, decimation and hard cheese … Continue reading

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Brownhills in the Fifties (via Chasewater Stuff’s Railway Blog)

Just thought I’d flag up this lovely post from the excellent blog curated by Chasewater Stuff. There are some poignent recollections of Brownhills past, as some little bits that I’d forgotten – Caters shop selling records, for one. While you’re … Continue reading

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Knaves Court extra care development open day

I’ve had a great mail from Matthew Fraser, Acting Senior Care Officer at the St. James Resource Centre, Brownhills. Matthew wanted to alert readers of the Brownhills Blog that the new extra care facility, Knaves Court will be holding a … Continue reading

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Incurable sickness

I note from tonight’s Express & Star headline piece, that Walsall Council is still failing to ensure the care, safety and wellbeing of the most vulnerable members of our society. Despite reassurances that all was improving, and that we should … Continue reading

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Fiddler’s Folly

Sent to the blog yesterday by the excellent [Godfrey Oakparkrunner], I here present the flyer for the sculpture unveiling binge set to take place in the Wood in a couple of weeks. My views on this hideous waste of regeneration … Continue reading

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Gone, but not forgotten…

Whilst pottering around this morning, shamelessly listening to Terry Wogan, my attention was snagged by the news report about the Care Quality Commission report into adult care in the UK. Speaking on behalf of Southwark  Council was one Annie Shepperd, … Continue reading

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Social care: the gloves are off

In tonight’s Express & Star, there was an beautifully illuminating report about the cuts proposed for social care provision in Walsall. There are afoot plans to cut spending on services to the vulnerable and disabled totalling ten million pounds over … Continue reading

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Another cracking article by the Plastic Hippo…

Anyone who’s been reading this blog for some time will be aware of the Plastic Hippo – often outrageously funny, witheringly forthright and highly knowledgeable about Walsall politics, he often comments on articles here. Well, there’s a new article up over … Continue reading

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Is it me?

I’m having a little trouble adjusting my horizontal hold today. Everything seems to be a little out of line, just a tad asynchronous or maybe even a bit disjointed. At times like this you need the stability of the normal, … Continue reading

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An apology: looks like I got it wrong!

To my absolute disgust and horror, whilst browsing the local news on the YamYam, I came upon a story from the Express and Star[1]  about the top earners at Walsall Council. I was not horrified by the salaries – I … Continue reading

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Lost property: can you help?

Have you noticed a tatty Tesco carrier bag containing boring paperwork just lying around? Have you perchance found a shoebox containing a shedload of handwritten dockets? Is there a consignment of chitties clogging your front gate? If so, you could … Continue reading

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So you thought the age of child labour was over in Britain

So you thought the age of child labour was over in Britain … | Catherine Bennett | Comment is free | The Observer . Somewhere, near you now, there will be a child caring for a parent. These unfortunate children … Continue reading

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The ongoing shambles that is social care in Walsall

BBC NEWS | England | ‘Call cramming’ at care company. I saw this report on Midlands Today this evening. Yet again, homecare services for some of the most vulnerable people in Walsall have been found to be inadequate. When will … Continue reading

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